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For a Friend

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Your friend is in immediate danger of harming themselves

  • Do not leave him or her alone.
  • Take his or her words seriously and respond with compassion.
  • If your friend has a suicide plan, encourage them to seek immediate help from one of the following:
     
    • their doctor
    • the nearest emergency room
    • Wayne State Police, if on campus (313) 577-2222
    • 911, if off campus
       
  • Go with them to be sure they get to one of these places safely.

If they are not willing to take these steps

Make the calls yourself or take them to the nearest Emergency Room.

Your friend needs help, but there is no immediate threat of harm

  • Remove access to any tools for suicide, such as firearms and medications.

  • Encourage your friend to call WSU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at (313) 577-3398 or if after hours (313) 577-9982 for a confidential consultation with a counselor. If they do not want to, you can call for a consultation for yourself to strategize how best to help.

  • Offer to walk your friend over to CAPS at 552 Student Center Building to speak with a counselor.

  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a weeks and you can ask confidential questions about your friend and how to get them help.